Simply one of the very few big films of 2013. There's no-one that I wouldn't recommend watching the story of Adele. Probably the most amazing quality of this wonderful film is the engaging compassion that someone feels when the 3-hour story unfolds. It's a tricky process, since normally with all that graphic nude sex scenes, most mainstream audience would have most likely disapproved and rejected the characters of the film. But it's how director Kechiche presented the story which make it an involving and absorbing drama. Great performances by Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux as well as the rest of the cast, prove that director Kechiche is at top form here.
Terrible from start to finish! That's the sequel that I wish it'd never appear on the screen. It's just taking all those elements which gave the original film its superhero-sarcastic flavor and turns them to a self-indulging pulp of vengeance. From the ponderous, witty first instalment we now get that shallow stereotype of good heroes and bad villains. Maybe good enough if you are a 5-yo kid... It's a shame for the young and promising cast (Moretz, Mintz-Plasse) and known stars like Leguizamo and Carrey to get their talent wasted in such a terrible production. I hope that the disappointing route of the film at the theatres will discourage the making of a most likely even worse third instalment.
I really wanted to like that film for its heartwarming story and amazing photography. But how could I do so when everything resolves in some totally implausible resolution? I just feel sorry for all those qualities which finally lead to such an annoying pile of clichés. If you want to watch a really good by all means coming-of-age film, you should catch "The way, way back."